Warcraft Film “Conflagration” Based on Prince Arthas Menethil?

ARTHASRumors have circulated for a few weeks the plot for the Warcraft film is based on Khadgar and Medivh — rumor ignited by Bleeding Cool on July 31. That sets the story during the First War as depicted in the first Warcraft game titled Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). Players kill Medivh in mission # 8 of the Human campaign as seen in our single-player guide.

A day ago, Production Weekly tweeted Legendary Pictures is shooting the Warcraft film on January 13th in Vancouver.

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The CMPP stands for Canadian Motion Picture Park.

A contact who asked to remain as an anonymous source has provided me the Production Weekly – Issue 861 – Thursday, August 29, 2013 which contains 104 film listings (including the Warcraft film) and 22 pages. The PDF sent to me contains indeed 22 pages, and it is dated Thursday, August 29th.

Due to the notice at the end of the document, I am not able to copy/paste or quote the entry:

“Production Weekly is intended for the personal use of its recipients. Mass forwarding or redistribution of this email or posting of this list or any information derived from the list on any web
site or message board in its entirety or in part without the written permission of the list administrator is neither permitted nor within the spirit of the efforts put into its creation. Copyright 2013 by Production Weekly All Rights Reserved.”

I’ll try to paraphrase instead without directly quoting word by word.

The Warcraft Film is codenamed “Conflagration”. That’s synonymous with War or Conflict according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As well as Inferno, and Holocaust. Curiously, it’s also a mage spell.

However, what I just read in this Production Weekly document of 22 pages is a short description that includes Prince Arthas Menethil. The way this is phrased seems to tell the story of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, but may also be a reference to Christie Golden’s novel World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King — which covers his younger years as a child and a teen, including his ordering as a Paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand.

Could go any of both ways — the novel way (which includes Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) or the RTS game way. The novel truly expanded Arthas’ story and personality. However, all the events of the Orcs, Night Elves and Scourge campaign were skipped in the novel. The way the film could work is mixing a little bit of both plots.

Keep in mind the story in the Production Weekly might be misdirection, inaccurate, or even outdated. Take with a grain of salt, and not as “Fact”.

UPDATE

I have been investigating some of the information in this PDF file to verify authenticity. Following the address in Google Maps it is indeed a Vancouver address. The email of the production led me to another public website (acting-auditions.org) that is listing the same info seen in the Production Weekly. As such, I will directly quote the short film description also seen in the Production Weekly #861.

His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

If you re-read that description, it is not specifically saying this is a Lich King film. It is the story that led Arthas to become the Lich King — aka the human campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Part of the RTS game’s human campaign plot is fleshed out in the Christie Golden novel. If you have read that novel, you will know how cool the film might be if this was not a rumor or flavor description for misdirection of the real plot.

Now the Duncan Jones “mood piece” shown at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con (read more) shows a human warrior and an orc. The novel didn’t have much screen time for orcs.

Mixing the great qualities of Arthas’ story from the novel, and adding some scenes of the RTS orc campaign could potentially add some nice battles, without sacrificing the depth of a well-written story with Prince Arthas as the central figure.

There were battle scenes when Thrall freed Grom Hellscream from the Humans. There was another humans vs orcs battle in the Echo Isles. However, most of the Human Campaign dealt with Arthas and Jaina going to Andorhal where they found Kel’Thuzad and the Scourge plaguing the grains. Later, the Culling of Stratholme. The travel to Northrend, and the eventual scene of Arthas and Muradin finding the runeblade Frostmourne.

Can all this story, and that of the orc campaign be crammed into a single film? Sounds like mission impossible, it has a lot of potential, but then again — this plot is not yet “factual” nor confirmed.

UPDATE # 2

And here is another reason why this Arthas plot could be true; or it could also either be misdirection, or inaccurate. The same text flavor used in the Production Weekly and in the casting website comes straight from the Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Arthas novel as seen in the Simon & Schuster website.

Warcraft Film Shooting Scheduled to Roll Cameras on January 13 at Vancouver

Production Weekly tweeted that Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for the filming of Warcraft scheduled to begin January 13th. The filming will take place in Vancouver.

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That’s absolutely exciting! Filming begins within the next four months — which means headlines about the casting crew will begin to flood the internet very soon.

Director Duncan Jones revealed a Warcraft film mood piece at the San Diego Comic Con depicting a human and an orc fighting in a setting similar to Blasted Lands or Hellfire Peninsula according to attendees who watched it.

Rumors have it the film will feature Khadgar and Medivh — set during the First War. To learn more about that, read Warcraft: The Last Guardian (reprinted in the WarCraft Archive)

Source: TheCollider

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SDCC 2013 – Legendary Entertainment Duncan Jones Reveals Warcraft Film Teaser

Cesar (Blizzplanet-ES) informed me io9 broke the news that Legendary Entertainment director Duncan Jones has revealed a teaser trailer of the Warcraft Film. No one has been able to find a video as it took everyone by surprise.

Duncan Jones mentioned this is a “mood piece” of live action footage, and confirms the shooting of the film will begin early 2014. Some people describe the teaser “mood piece” as gritty and similar to “300”. On another note, Duncan Jones and Legendary invite fans to send questions about the Warcraft film at hashtag: #AskWarcraft

I will be diligently searching for the teaser trailer.

io9: “Holy crap, there was a big surprise at the Legendary/Warner Bros. panel just now. We saw the-first ever teaser for the World of Warcraft movie, in which a mighty armored warrior goes head-to-head with a huge green orc.” …

“And director Duncan Jones came out and told the crowd that he always wanted to make movies where “you delve into fantasy” — and this project is a dream come true, because he gets to create a whole world. And he announced that he starts filming in early 2014.” — source

 

On Thursday, July 18th – a fan asked Chris Metzen if Warcraft film info would be coming out on BlizzCon. Chris slowly looked at his watch hinting something was about to happen within a short time.

On Saturday, July 20th — Legendary Entertainment debuted a Warcraft film “mood piece” teaser of a human versus an orc. After the “mood piece”, Duncan Jones appeared on-stage and screams in a geeky-fashion revealing that the shooting of the Warcraft film is confirmed to be early 2014. Video below:

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Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

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Deadline States Legendary Entertainment Might Announce Partner Before SDCC 2013

Deadline reports Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull is likely to make an announcement this week about the new partnership after departing the expired eight-year contract with Warner Bros.

The two top candidates are Comcast and NBCUniversal. According to Deadline, Comcast offered a tempting offer.

Other potential partners are rumored to be Lionsgate, Sony, and Fox.

San Diego Comic Con starts next week — where Legendary Pictures has a panel about its 2013 film lineup. This might be a good timing to make a partnership announcement.

Deadline.com — EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Legendary Entertainment‘s Thomas Tull could announce his selection of a new film/television financial, distribution, marketing, and production partnership as early as this week after kicking tires all over Hollywood. And insiders tell me that Comcast is his choice barring some last-minute over-the-top offer from a rival media giant. “NBCUniversal has been the likely candidate from the beginning. — source

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Warcraft Film – Thomas Tull Expectations are High, Script Not Finished

io9 attended the Pacific Rim press roundtable in San Francisco and cornered Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to ask about the Warcraft film.

Tull doesn’t mention the recent break up with Warner Bros, nor the comment by producer Charles Roven concerning the the Warcraft film’s 2014 shooting.

He reveals the script is not yet finished, but he feels they are close to reach a point when they can begin shooting the film. However, they wish to make sure this won’t be another video game film gone “teh Suck”. He’s also excited to have Duncan Jones directing the Warcraft film.

Thomas Tull: You start with that exact question… I think, as a gamer myself, a lot of times what has happened in the past is, studios have said, ‘How many people play that game? Okay, then that means they’ll probably all go and buy tickets.’ That is an incredibly poor way to make a movie.

So for us, it’s [like], We don’t know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game. [Instead], it’s the incredible story, and the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard [Entertainment] have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they’ve created.

And so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. We’ve also taken our time, because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place [where] we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just [say], ‘This guy gets it.’

The next two years are going to be pretty exciting, I think. — source

 

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Breaking News: Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros End Partnership, Warcraft Film Continues

According to Hollywood Reporter, it is now official. With the expiration of their 8-year partnership contract, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros have gone their separate ways. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull recently said a new partner might be decided within the next 60 days.

Legendary Pictures has been preparing for the end of the contract and have secured enough capital to launch its own films. Apparently, the Warcraft film shouldn’t suffer delays due to this situation.

Among the prospects rumored, Legendary has NBCUniversal and SONY. However, other candidates might appear in the next few weeks.

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Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros 8-Year Parnertship Contract Expires Soon – NBC Universal Interested

Breaking news. TheWrap award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman posted today that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull might be looking at offers from rival studios to decide whether or not to renew contract with Warner Bros.

The Legendary Pictures contract with Warner Bros is nigh at the end of its 8-year agreement. Right now, Thomas Tull hasn’t taken any decisions, but he will have one within the next 60 days (2 months).

This might be critical in a few ways. Recently, the Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft film was confirmed to start rolling cameras on the first quarter of 2014.

If Thomas Tull renews the contract with Warner Bros, everything keeps moving forward. However, if Legendary Pictures signed in with another studios the outcome is unknown for current and upcoming projects’ schedules.

According to The Wrap, the big studio eyeing Legendary Pictures is no other than NBC Universal. Now this part of the breaking news is extremely interesting. NBC Universal was founded in August 2004 after the merger of General Electric’s NBC with Vivendi’s Vivendi Universal Entertainment.

Activision Blizzard was a merger between Activision, Inc. and Vivendi Games. Unless there have been any changes since 2007, former Management Board of Vivendi and Chairman of Vivendi Games René Penisson is currently Chairman Activision Blizzard.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has been meeting with rival studios to decide whether he wants to leave Warner’s when his contract is up at the end of the year on the heels of tension with executives there. He said last week he’d decide within 60 days.

NBCU is in first position to make the deal, which could be done by the end of the week, one of the individuals said. It would be a multi-pronged partnership involving distribution rights to Tull’s movies, co-financing of Universal movies and television partnership. — source

Probably, it would be a good idea to sign another 8-years with Warner Bros. The Man of Steel with Cavill has been successful, and Man of Steel 2 is already rumored (listed) at IMDB. The issue here for Legendary Pictures is that Warner Bros owns DC Entertainment (DC Comics) and the Superman license.

The Man of Steel cost 225 million and has earned $398.3 million worldwide up to this point, currently third-place at the box office in United States (ComingSoon.net).

Warner Bros owns the following properties: Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Entertainment. Warner is also co-owner of the CW Television Network.

NBCUniversal Media, LLC owns the following subsidiaries: NBC, Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, Focus Features, Telemundo, USA Network, Syfy, Chiller, E!, G4, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC.com, NBCNews.com, iVillage, PictureBox Movies, Bravo, Style, Telemundo Television Studios, The Weather Channel, ShopNBC, and Hulu. Divisions: NBCUniversal Television Group, NBC News, NBC Sports Group. In turn NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast. Comcast has holdings on Style Network, and the Golf Channel.

As of 2012, Comcast had a revenue of US$ 62.570 billion. Its subsidiary, NBCUniversal had a revenue of US$ 21.124 Billion in 2011.

As of 2012, Warner Bros revenue was US$ 12 billion.

What do you think about the possibility of Legendary Pictures joining NBC Universal? Would you rather want Legendary Pictures to renew contract with Warner Bros?

Recent Warcraft Film news

May 31, 2013 – Recently, Charles Roven (producer) announced plans to begin shooting the Warcraft film early 2014.

April 30, 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Careers Team was looking for a Storyboard Artist with Film experience (instead of Cinematics experience).

April 25, 2013 – Bill Westenhoffer joined Legendary Pictures as VFX Supervisor for the Warcraft Film.

My rundown on Warcraft film news and activity spanning 2012 – 2013 can be found here.

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Warcraft Film Lady Sylvanas Aspirant Michele Morrow Holds Frostmourne [Viral Video]

The Scream Queen Michele Morrow dubbed so for her acting performances in the horror films genre is known among World of Warcraft fans for her love for the game, but mostly for her untiring desire and resolve to obtain the role of Banshee Queen Lady Sylvanas in the upcoming Legendary Pictures WARCRAFT film directed by Sam Raimi.

I heard Michele Morrow met some Blizzard folks some time ago at BlizzCon 2010, and I have been silently checking her facebook, twitter, and website often for some signs.

Film agents usually suggest actors to get stage combat training, martial arts weapons training, Horse Riding and general weapons training when a particular film audition is in the horizon.

For the role of Lady Sylvanas, Michele Morrow must have all of these skills — which she already has according to her L.A. Casting profile.

Lady Sylvanas was formerly Ranger General of Quel’Thalas, therefore Michele Morrow must take Archery training in the event she auditions for the role. Oh wait, what did I just see in her Facebook? Ain’t that thrilling? Michele Morrow is Archery training!

I am kinda flattered to see two images I fashioned in Photoshop CS4 displayed in her Facebook’s Warcraft gallery. I took a screenshot in-game of Sylvanas, used the lasso tool to cut armor pieces, resized and strapped them on a photo of Michele, and voila. Michele Morrow disguised as Lady Sylvanas. I rushed it in Photoshop for our interview with Michele Morrow last year.

There is a Facebook campaign page titled “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” with over 2,000 followers who really want Blizzard Entertainment and Sam Raimi to consider Michele Morrow for the role. It’s a phenomena. The WARCRAFT film is still in script stage, and the Scream Queen is getting all sorts of fan support. It seems fans of the Scream Queen actress are even creating freezebees with her photo disguised as Lady Sylvanas to promote the campaign (view photo).

Just recently, Michele Morrow became co-owner of the Foam Weapon League based in California. In this League, fans are encouraged to bring their foam weapons and clash against other players in one on one duels. These are real fights with foam rubber weapons: maces, swords, daggers, etc. Participants wear some fake blood bags attached to vital points of the body. Two broken blood bags means defeat, and the winners earn the glory and acclaim of the audience. Check out their Facebook gallery, and join the Foam Weapon League (FWL) if you have the courage.

Michele Morrow is currently showing off a slo-mo video in YouTube — which is likely going viral — holding a latex Frostmourne sword replica while sporting a defiant pose. Now ain’t that a lovely Lady Sylvanas? Join the “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” Facebook page. Show your support.

Craigslist TV recently took video of the Foam Weapon League Battle #3 held on March 19th where you can watch Michele Morrow (an FWL owner), and a horde of fans like you battling it out on each other with foam weapons.

Wondercon 2011: Superman Henry Cavill Addicted to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

GamerLive.TV squared an interview with the new Superman actor Henry Cavill at Wondercon 2011. The Superman: Man of Steel film, by director Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen), will be on theaters December 2012.

Henry Cavill revealed he plays Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, and World of Warcraft. However, he confesses he is addicted to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

GL.TV: What’s your number one video game memory, like your favorite memory growing up?

Cavill: Video game memory? Ugh, that’s a tough one! I think — on the spot — that’s really tough. I couldn’t possibly think of one. I mean, World of Warcraft always sticks on my head, because it’s an addiction.

GL.TV: Are you playing Cataclysm?

Cavill: Cataclysm? Yea, yea. I’m playing. I’m taking a break in the time being, but as soon as I’m getting a chance I’m gonna dive back into it.”

Henry Cavill is currently promoting his upcoming film IMMORTALS. Due to his weapon and fight training for The Tudors and Immortals, currently lifting weights at the gym for the Superman role, his addiction to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and working with Zack Snyder (a director who has developed a few films for Legendary Pictures) — Henry Cavill might be an ideal candidate for the upcoming Warcraft film.

Mila Kunis Close to Getting into WoW Film?

In past months, Mila Kunis has teased at the Jimmy Kimmel Show and MTV her deep interest in landing a role in the upcoming World of Warcraft film.

It seems Mila Kunis’ wishes are closer than ever to turning into reality with the wave of a magic wand — pun intended.

The internet is abuzz with the word that Sam Raimi is in discussions with Mila Kunis to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz the Great and Powerful. That’s epic. Sam Raimi is the director of the World of Warcraft film.

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